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The most horrible adorables in an oracle deck and card game. Featuring darkly delightful creatures from folklore from around the world!
The most horrible adorables in an oracle deck and card game. Featuring darkly delightful creatures from folklore from around the world!
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UPDATE 10/18: $6000 Stretch goal UNLOCKED - Cthulhu is now a bonus card and Kickstarter exclusive reward for all physical deck backer tiers!

UPDATE 10/16: $5500 Stretch goal UNLOCKED - Khepri is now a bonus card and Kickstarter exclusive reward for all physical deck backer tiers!

UPDATE 10/14: We're FUNded! Spring-Heeled Jack is now a bonus card and Kickstarter exclusive reward for all physical deck backer tiers!

Hello, adorable! The Adorabyssal Oracle brings thirty-six original illustrations of supernatural, mythological, and cryptozoological creatures from around the world to the palm of your hand in their cutest incarnations!

The Adorabyssal Oracle pulls double duty as both an Oracle deck for your day-to-day meditations and divinations as well as a quick and easy card game. The design for both is meant to be simple enough for kids to pick up and interesting enough for adults to enjoy. 

Every card features edge-to-edge artwork of these horrible adorables, an associated element, and a keyword based on their unique history. A guide booklet that includes brief blurbs on the folklore, themes of the creatures, and rules for the Adorabyssal card game comes with each deck. All in a small size with a custom tuck box that makes it easy to pocket and take with you on the go.

If you'd like to see all of the creatures in more detail, you can browse them at their home on pixeloccult.com. However you choose to use your Adorabyssal deck, it is my hope that these cute and spooky creatures will bring some fun to your day!

Each cuddly cryptid is printed on coated 330 GSM German card stock, providing vivid colors and a smooth, clean, and durable look and feel to your deck. These critters are all drawn at HD poster size and shrunk down for the cards so that I can fit in all of their eerie detail and captivating expressions.

Cards are sized to the standard poker dimensions of 2.48" x 3.46" and come housed in a custom tuck box to provide a combination of portability and protection for your darling monsters.

Each deck comes with a small guide booklet that contains card themes, brief creature history, and rules for the card game in it for easy reference on the go. For more in-depth details and classifications of each creature, a detailed PDF booklet download will be available for those who want to dig a bit deeper.

An Oracle deck is similar to, but different from, a Tarot deck. Where a Tarot deck has specific symbolism, number of cards, and a distinct way of interpreting card meanings, Oracle decks are a bit more free-form and their structure is dependent on their creators.

The Adorabyssal Oracle, like many Oracle decks, provides general themes accompanying the artwork. The structure for this deck is a grouping of cards based on elemental associations. Four elements are each assigned nine cards. There are more in depth groupings and structure available for those readers that want to dig in further, but my hope is that this deck can provide an easy starting point for new readers and allow for increasing complexity from there.

My previous Tarot decks have seen very specific interpretation and symbolism. This Oracle deck opens things up a bit. It can be used for more general or free-form themes and moods for readers, and it makes a delightful addition to your existing decks and readings. These creatures have a fairly dark history but in the Adorabyssal Oracle, they play nicely with others. Fortunately for me, they have yet to devour any of my other decks!

Adorabyssal Oracle cards behaving themselves with The Dark Exact Tarot
Adorabyssal Oracle cards behaving themselves with The Dark Exact Tarot

Sometimes you want to have an inner journey and sometimes you want to play a game with friends. I've included card game rules with each of my previous decks but this is the first one where I've had complete control over the entire structure and so I've been able to build the card game from scratch. Keeping with the Oracle aspects of this deck, the card game rules are meant to be simple enough for kids to play yet complex enough to be enjoyable for adults. 

This is my first deck to include the card game rules with the physical booklet. So you can take them with you for easy reference and have a card game anywhere. Games typically last between five and ten minutes and are for two to four players so the focus is casual and fun - the sort of game friends might play over a quick break or as a wind-down activity after a reading. Have more players? Add in more decks and expand the game, it scales nicely for bigger adventuring parties!

Funding after the initial goal helps me to recover rare unexpected costs, provide better product, and cement further campaigns in the future. My goal with this campaign is to have orders shipped out in time for the holidays so I'm keeping things simple enough to meet that objective while still making Kickstarter the first and best place to get ahold of a deck. Should we fund, I'm looking forward to including the following cards for backers only:

  • $5000 - UNLOCKED - Spring-Heeled Jack - A Kickstarter exclusive cryptid from Victorian England, available to backers only, to be included with every deck.
  • $5500 - UNLOCKED - Khepri - A Kickstarter exclusive mythological Egyptian god/scarab available to backers only, to be included with every deck.
  • $6000 - UNLOCKED - Cthulhu - A Kickstarter exclusive supernatural ancient one available to backers only, to be included with every deck.

Out of the goal of $5000, funds are estimated to be allocated accordingly:

  • Estimated shipping costs - 20% ($1000)
  • Estimated Kickstarter fees - 10% ($500)
  • Estimated production costs for the decks, boxes, and booklets - 70% ($3500+personal funds added)

This timeline is an estimate, not a guarantee, but by keeping variables simple in this campaign, I feel confident that I'll be able to ship out rewards in time for the holidays. Should we fund, the timeline should look like this:

  • October 2018 - The campaign ends and Kickstarter begins collecting pledge money. I've finished work on stretch goals as we hit them and have digital files ready to send off to the printers.
  • November 2018 - Digital rewards are delivered to backers as soon as pledges lock down(usually a week after the campaign). Money is transferred to my account after 2 weeks at which point I'm able to order decks from my print shop. I've worked with this one in the past and they have been unfailingly reliable with my timing. I'll be assembling booklets and coordinating shipment info. I should have decks ready to send out by late November to early December.
  • December 2018 - early to mid December I expect to be shipping product out, with the goal to have it in your hands for the holidays.
  • January 2019 - Except for multiple unforseen delays or drastically long overseas shipping factors, backers should have their rewards by now.

Hello, friends! I'm James, and Pixel Occult is the company name that I've been working under for over four years now. I've completed (with all stretch goals met or exceeded) two Kickstarter Campaigns for my previous Tarot decks The Sinking Wasteland Tarot and The Neon Moon Tarot. I've also been running an Etsy shop since 2016 and my reviews consistently note my shipping speed and product quality, among other very nice and wonderful things.

I'm quite proud of all of that's been accomplished with the help of incredible people like you whose support has allowed me to continue working on fun and exciting stuff! My creative process doesn't start with target audiences and market research but rather with an idea for something that I'd like to see out in the world. So as an indie artist with a penchant for the dark and odd, I'm very grateful to have supporters who share my enthusiasm for all of these projects! 

I've been drawn to (and a little freaked out by) cryptids since I was young. I would be out camping and my parents and grandma would warn me not to wander off or "the sidehill gouger will getcha". That one is quite possibly the most ridiculous cryptid but still made an impression on past little me. I've always found the backstory and lore of cryptids, the supernatural, and mythological creatures to be fascinating. From the warnings and lessons their stories impart to the origin of their odd appearances and impossible behaviors, they're so deeply interesting. Some years back I took part in an Inktober featuring a list of creepy creatures and I knew that when I made my first Oracle deck, I'd be bringing cutesy versions of these dark and weird monsters to it. I'm so pleased to be able to present that Oracle deck to you all now!

Intro video music - Something Wicked by Ross Bugden

Photo with Tarot deck featuring The Dark Exact Tarot by Coleman Stevenson

Images represent prototypes. Final product may differ slightly.

I  do offer worldwide shipping but I'm sorry to say that I have little  control over shipping costs or customs fees. If you order from outside  of the US, please be aware that I've done my best to keep weights down,  prices affordable, and shipping tracked. Still, some things are simply  beyond my control. 

Finally, thank you to all of the backers,  friends, strangers, and fellow internet oddities whose enthusiasm and  support continues to allow projects like this to exist and thrive.

Risks and challenges

This is a low risk campaign for backers. I have prototype decks, boxes, booklets and packaging in hand and arrangements for all listed physical product figured out. All artwork is completed except for stretch goals that I will work on as we reach them. For my previous Kickstarter campaigns and my Etsy store, I have repeatedly received feedback for fast shipping, sturdy packaging, and satisfaction with the product.

Should we fund, I am ready to commit myself (and some helpful recruits if necessary) full time to fulfilling orders and getting product out the door as quickly as possible. It is my goal to repeat with this campaign the speed of shipping and delivery that I've maintained with my Etsy store and my previous campaigns.

From one weird cryptid to all of you, thanks for checking out this campaign. <3

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    Wayward Spirit

    The complete pack of adorably digital rewards includes an avatar pack, a HD wallpaper pack, and the digital booklet for the Adorabyssal Oracle.

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    Congratulations on being speedy! This is the early bird special of The Adorabyssal Oracle deck with a reference booklet and custom tuck box, along with all the digital rewards.

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    Cryptid

    Hello, cuteness! This reward tier nets you one Adorabyssal Oracle Deck with a booklet for reference and a custom tuck box for keeping all those cryptids safe, along with all the digital rewards.

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    The BFF package! Two-pack of the Adorabyssal Oracle deck with two reference booklets and two custom tuck boxes, along with all digital rewards.

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    The friendly four-pack of The Adorabyssal Oracle with reference booklets and custom tuck boxes, along with all digital rewards. For groups of good pals!

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